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Virgin technical director Nick Wirth confident of progress during the 2011 F1 season

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Alan D - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 1:52 PM

If I recall correctly, at the start of last season he designed a car where the fuel tank wasn't big enough to get to the end of the race. If he hasn't made any progress over that I'd be disappointed.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 2:15 PM

Richard, did you know that in the US a gallon is 3.8 litres and in the UK it is 4.55 litres?

I wondered if the smaller fuel tank was a deliberate design decision. After all, if you don't expect your car to get to the end of the race you might as well build in a smaller tank, get better aero from smaller bodywork, carry less weight of fuel, and if that manages to get you up near the front then everyone would be saying "Virgin have built a great car, but have been so unlucky with reliability"


January 18, 2011 2:43 PM

alan. now you mention it, yes i did know, but had forgotten, so what is the chance that the computer was running an american programme, after all wirth has been using the computer to design his alms cars. it always seemed to a most fundamental error. but it did allow them to build a new chassis with a longer wheelbase. accidental or deliberate??


January 19, 2011 10:23 AM

At the the time Virgin claimed it was a change to the fuel compound that caused them problems, apparently the fuel they was told they would be using doesn't use as much as the fuel they had to use, hence the reason for the smaller tank....none of the other teams had this problem and had the same information though?

@ Robbo

the best headline was after DiGrassi's crash in Suzuka

"Digrassi DESTROYS virgin before the race" haha

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